Programme overview

Please note that applications for Semester 1 (February 2016) are now closed. Please call us on 0800 10 95 10 to discuss other study options or details about the next start date.

Want to become a nurse? Develop the skills to become a competent Registered Nurse and an effective member of the healthcare team. You learn to assess, manage and communicate effectively with patients in hospitals and the local community. Gain an understanding of medical and surgical nursing, and community and mental health. Evaluate ethical dilemmas in clinical nursing practice, and explore the role and application of technology in the healthcare environment.

Highlights

  • Enables you to qualify as a Registered Nurse when you've passed the exam set by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • Approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • The only programme in West Auckland leading to registration as a nurse.
  • Focuses on meeting the health needs of people and their communities, supporting people with continuing health challenges, and maintaining a commitment to evidence-based practice.
  • Practise what you've learnt at the Education and Practice Simulation Centre (SimLab) at Waitakere Hospital.
  • Practice placements (approximately 200 days will be in practice settings) and at least 1100 hours of designated nursing practice. In the final year, you work on rostered nursing duties. Practice experiences include acute care, surgery, medicine, rehabilitation/disability, preventative care and mental health.
  • An opportunity to work in a variety of practice contexts, from Waitakere Hospital, North Shore Hospital, Starship Children's Hospital and private surgical hospitals to the Mason Clinic, Rehab Plus and primary healthcare organisations.
  • Experienced and multi-cultural staff, many of whom still work in clinical nursing practice.
  • Access to computerised library databases and the internet to quickly access clinical reference tools.

Common Semester

Semester one of this programme is a Common Semester, where students from a range of health, social science and education programmes study together, giving you an understanding of where disciplines overlap and how they fit together.

The Common Semester is delivered using a blended learning format, which includes regular face-to-face sessions with lecturers, workshops where you can practice tasks with your classmates and independent study using web-based resources.

Read more about the Common Semester.

Are you looking to return to nursing?

We have a transition course for Registered Nurses returning to contemporary nursing practice, where you will obtain a certificate of proficiency. You will examine and apply current research and evidence based knowledge and skills to make the transition to the role of competent beginning practitioner.

Download the Return to Nursing information sheet and forms.

View the returning to nursing (Transition to Practice course page).

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

Download the Bachelor of Nursing specific admission requirements. 

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2016. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

Courses Credits Aim
Human Bioscience (HEAL5023) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) Examine the biological and chemical principles that govern the homeostatic functioning of the human body and to provide a basis for discussing the different modes of intervention encountered in all aspects of nursing practice.
Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice (HEAL5026) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To facilitate the development of professional nursing identity and professional nursing practice. Students will be introduced to the fundamental skills of nursing practice and the contexts in which these are applied.
Knowledge for Professional Practice (HEAL5027) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to key nursing concepts and theories that underpin professional practice. Students will explore concepts of therapeutic communication in professional nursing relationships and the contexts in which these occur.
Contemporary Issues in Aotearoa New Zealand (HSDV5140) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course examines the influences of cultural, social, political and environmental factors in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Anatomy and Physiology (HSDV5141) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of human anatomy and physiology to contribute to a holistic understanding of the human body in its environment
Enquiry and Communication (HSDV5142) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces the principles of communication, knowledge construction, and academic literacy and develops scholarly skills in preparation for academic and professional practice
Human Development (HSDV5143) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course provides an understanding of the processes and influences on lifespan development. Developmental and communication theories are considered in relation to the developing individual from the time of conception to old age and death.
Courses Credits Aim
Nursing Practice - Older Adult (HEAL6011) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To prepare nurses who can competently care for individuals in a medical care setting within the New Zealand Health system. This course is based on the belief that nursing is essentially a practice discipline. It builds on, and enables the student to integrate knowledge from, the prerequisite and co-requisite papers. This knowledge draws from the empirico-analytic and interpretive paradigms. Interpretive enquiry seeks to understand and find meaning within the clinical experience. In this course, practice is valued and reflected upon. Nursing practice will reflect current research findings, and students will integrate nursing theories into a professional framework for beginning nursing practice.
Nursing in the Community (HEAL6012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to discuss and examine the critical influences and constraints within the political, social, cultural and environmental context which may influence public and community health nursing.
Nursing Practice - Medical (HEAL6013) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To prepare nurses who can competently care for individuals in a medical care setting within the New Zealand Health system. This course is based on the belief that nursing is essentially a practice discipline. It builds on, and enables the student to integrate knowledge from, the prerequisite and co-requisite papers. This knowledge draws from the empirico-analytic and interpretive paradigms. Interpretive enquiry seeks to understand and find meaning within the clinical experience. In this course, practice is valued and reflected upon. Nursing practice will reflect current research findings, and students will integrate nursing theories into a professional framework for beginning nursing practice.
Nursing in the Community Aotearoa (HEAL6024) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course provides students with an opportunity to discuss and examine the critical influences and constraints which may influence public and community health nursing.
Intro to Research (HSDV6144) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course enables students to build on the skills developed in the introductory research skills course (HSDV5142 Enquiry and Communication) in order to be able to identify and critique research methodologies used in the discipline/context and develop intermediate level research skills.
Tauhokai Waiora (HSDV6241) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to Waiora Maori, and priorities and practices related to health, well-being and social development within the community as they apply to professional contexts.
Courses Credits Aim
Mental Health Praxis (HEAL7111) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS) To prepare students to competently care for individuals and their families in a mental health setting, provide the opportunities for students to consolidate previous learning, further develop skills of critical reflection at a beginning practitioner level, assist students to integrate theory and practice in nursing situations of increasing complexity, and to stimulate critical thinking about nursing knowledge, practice and research and about health issues in a wide variety of contexts.
Primary Health Praxis (HEAL7112) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS) To develop the student’s critical understanding and analysis of the individual, whanau/family and community impact of long-term and/or complex health issues and the associated primary health nursing practice.
Acute Nursing Praxis - Surgery (HEAL7113) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS) To prepare students to competently care for individuals and their families in a surgical care setting, provide the opportunities for students to consolidate previous learning, further develop skills of critical reflection at a beginning practitioner level, assist students to integrate theory and practice in nursing situations of increasing complexity, and to stimulate critical thinking about nursing knowledge, practice and research and about health issues in a wide variety of contexts.
Professional Nursing Practice - Transition (HEAL7116) 60 credits (0.5 EFTS) To prepare students to make the transition to the role of beginning practitioner, stimulate critical thinking about nursing knowledge, practice and research in order to develop a culture of evidence based nursing practice, and to further develop the skills of enquiry, reflective practice and critical thinking and to enable students to demonstrate the competencies of the registered nurse scope of practice.
Courses Credits Aim
Asthma Nursing (HEAL7181) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver asthma education in primary, secondary and tertiary nursing practice.
Transition to Practice (Competency Assessment) (HEAL7200) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) Students returning to nursing practice will examine and apply current research and evidence based knowledge and skills to make the transition to the role of competent returning practitioner. Students will further develop the skills of enquiry, reflective practice and critical thinking and demonstrate the competencies for the registered nurse scope of practice.
COPD Nursing (HEAL7281) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the Registered Nurse with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver C.O.P.D. education in primary nursing practice settings.
Advanced Research (HSDV7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course provides students an opportunity to engage in designing and conducting an aspect of a negotiated research/study project relevant to the student’s discipline/context.